Republican News · Thursday 13 July 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Dublin Coiste officially opened

Former republican prisoner Brian Keenan did the honours in Dublin city centre on Saturday, 10 July, as the Dublin premises of Coiste na nIarchimí was officially opened. Also present was national Coiste director Mike Ritchie, 26-County director Ann O'Sullivan, Ella O'Dwyer and Eamonn Nolan of Dublin Coiste and Jim Monaghan of Tar Isteach a related resource for former republican prisoners located in the same building.

``The opening of the office for Coiste na n-Iarchimí in Dublin today is an important part of the search for lasting peace and justice in Ireland,'' said Keenan. ``It places the question of republican ex-prisoners in a prominent position and it recognises that we have rights which need to be addressed.

``Republican ex-prisoners are educated and highly motivated. They have much to offer their communities and have a role to play in building within their communities and in wider society. Many are already doing so and others have spent their time in prison preparing for the day when they can participate in this process.

``Today is a milestone. Coiste is passing a point taking them closer to their objective of being the representative body for all former republican prisoners. We recognise the contribution they have made in the past and will continue to make in the future.''

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